Are our kids becoming immune to terrorism?
The entire nation is mourning the recent deaths of 22 people and injuries of countless more after the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on Monday night. It was an unspeakable act. Suicide bombing is bad enough, but children? Really? I don’t even need to go there – we’re all equally disgusted.
What worries me is that my kids, now 11 & 13, didn’t even seem that fazed by the whole thing.
There I was on Tuesday morning, fretting about how I’d explain to them over breakfast what had happened, and they just accepted it without skipping a beat. They were like “yeah, we heard.” Of course they thought it was horrible, but they seemed to be over it in about 5 minutes. They didn’t seem to register the level of shock that befitted the act.
I’m glad my kids aren’t living in constant fear, but it also saddens me that they just got on with their day as if it was any other day. The world is changing in a way that I’m not comfortable with. Just as kids can’t imagine a life without mobile devices, they’ve now reached the point where terrorism is simply part of life.
I suppose in some countries it’s already been this way for many years, but it’s new for me and I don’t like it one bit.